Gum Disease Dental Prevention - Why use an electric toothbrush?

You’ve heard the same precautionary warning that if you don’t floss and brush your teeth daily, you’ll risk getting a slew of dental health issues, namely cavities and gum disease. Perhaps you brush your teeth, but you don’t look forward to doing it. Maybe you wonder if you sometimes brush too hard or too softly. Do you may not brush the whole recommended 2 minutes? Brushing can feel as if it takes too long and gets messy.

You’re told by your dentist that the toothbrush you’ve been using for the last six months should have been thrown out and replaced months earlier. You need to replace your toothbrush every 3 months. Why? It’s because of the germs and bacteria build-up on the brush’s bristles. The bristles of the brushes also get worn

Electric toothbrushes are great for children, the elderly and those who are “lazy” brushers, not brushing as thoroughly as they ought to. Check out the pros and cons below.

The “Pros” of an Electric Toothbrush

While the biggest deterrent of an electric toothbrush is the cost, the benefits often seem to outweigh the costs. The greatest benefits of an electric toothbrush include:

  • They clean your teeth better than manual toothbrushes. More plaque, germs and bacteria are removed using an electric toothbrush.
  • They make brushing quicker and more efficient. They brush your teeth at a rate that is significantly faster than you manually brushing your teeth. The two minutes of required brushing with a manual toothbrush can be cut in half.
  • Make brushing fun and easier for people who don’t like to brush or are “lazy” brushers.
  • Electric toothbrushes are great at cleaning hard to reach places and are perfect for dental patients wearing braces.
  • Leave your mouth feeling clean and gives you a sense of accomplishment. You can better feel the clean after using an electric toothbrush.

Electric toothbrushes can improve your dental health and it is the best option for those who don’t like to brush their teeth or who don’t brush their teeth adequately.

The “Cons” of an Electric Toothbrush

  • They can be expensive. Some lower end models may start at around $10 and the higher end models can run you as much as $150
  • If you have sensitive teeth, it’s possible that if you’re  misusing an electric toothbrush, that you can wear down the enamle on your teeth causing further tooth sensitivity
  • You have to make sure the toothbrush is charged.
  • Not as easy to travel with.

Manual or Electric Toothbrush Work to Reduce Plaque

Electric toothbrushes, however, are not the only way to brush your teeth. Patients who can’t afford an electric toothbrush and its replacement heads (which need to be changed as frequently as manual toothbrushes) and patients who already thoroughly brush their teeth using a manual brush can reduce their risk of dental health issues with a manual toothbrush.

Daily teeth brushing and flossing isn’t enough to prevent cavities and gum disease. Everyone should visit the dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and dental exam. A dentist can truly assess the health of your mouth.

If it has been six months or more since your last dental cleaning and exam, contact Artistic Smiles today to set up an appointment.